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The IFI's newly elected president Iris Dunbar||
The IFI's newly elected president Iris Dunbar
29 May 2014

The next term of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers will focus on increasing the organisation's presence in various global regions.

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) is looking to appoint a European board over the next 17 months, as part of its new territories' model. Iris Dunbar, the IFI's newly appointed president, told onoffice that four to five regional boards would be set up and these would feed into the existing executive board. The aim of the broader structure is to raise the organisation's profile, improve leadership and increase member participation.

It is hoped this would also strengthen the IFI's program of events, including its new Cultural Innovation Design (IFI CID) Dialogues, which will target specific regional interests relating to macro design trends.

"We have around 40 country members, which all have slightly different cultures and ways of operating," said Dunbar. "We've looked at the Asia Pacific Space Designers' Alliance (APSDA), which represents interior designers in Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the region and works very well.

"There will be a board in Europe, and it could be in any of our member countries, which include the UK, France and Germany. Interior design has been recognised as a profession in Europe for a long time – it's where the IFI started. We've only got a few members from Africa at present, but [their number] is growing."

Dunbar's appointment as president of the IFI coincides with the organisation's 50-year anniversary. She takes over from Shashi Caan, who held the position from 2009 to 2014. Dunbar previously served as president of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and founded the Interior Design School in London.

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